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Israeli officer kills Palestinian in Jerusalem clash - police

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JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli police forces on Thursday shot and killed a Palestinian in east Jerusalem who had thrown firecrackers at them, police said.

Residents said a demonstration was taking place at the time. Police said it was responding to a riot that included stone-throwing and that the officers acted in accordance with the rules of engagement.

“A masked suspect approached police officers from a side alleyway and fired fireworks directly at police officers who were in a life-threatening situation,” police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said. An officer fired directly at the immediate danger and to prevent a further life-threatening situation.”

The Palestinian Health Ministry and police said the man was taken for treatment and died in hospital.

(Reporting by Maayan Lubell; Editing by Sandra Maler and James Dalgleish)

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